Pragel Pass, a narrow paved road in the Swiss Alps
Pragel Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.550m (5,085ft) above the sea level, located in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland.
Nestled in the Swiss Alps, the road to the summit is paved but narrow and steep, hitting a maximum grade of 18 percent through some of the ramps. The east side of the pass road is closed to motorized vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays, which makes it ideal for bikers.
The pass is 30.8 km (19.13 miles) long running from Riedern, a municipality in the canton of Glarus towards Muotathal, a village in Schwyz District in the canton of Schwyz. The summit hosts a small parking lot and a restaurant. The Pragel Pass is closed in winter from around mid-October to May.
There are 3 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Riedern, the ascent is 21.32 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.039 meters. The average percentage is 4.9 %. Starting from Muotathal, the ascent is 12 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 940 meters. The average percentage is 7.8 %. And starting from Klöntalersee, the ascent is 10.45 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 700 meters. The average percentage is 6.7 %.